Earlier today I wrote my "First Pitch" article, titled "Why the Pirates Shouldn't Sign Russell Martin". I spent some time taking a deep look at Martin, and looking at the Pirates' situation. I had it all set up to post at midnight. Then the Pirates signed Martin to a two year, $17 M deal. Nothing really changed with my thoughts below, except for the fact that the move happened. So I'm just going to go with it. The following is why I feel the Pirates shouldn't have signed Martin. I'll have some post-move comments below. Keep in mind that the following was written earlier today, before Martin signed.
It's been almost a month since I did a "First Pitch" article. I'd say that's entirely because I've been working on the 2013 Prospect Guide, but even if I wasn't, there hasn't been much to talk about. On a related note, I expect to finish writing the Prospect Guide this week, and it is on schedule for a mid-December release. You can pre-order your copy here.
Tim is the owner and editor in chief of Pirates Prospects. He started the site in January 2009, and turned it into his full time job during the 2011 season. Prior to starting Pirates Prospects, Tim worked with AccuScore.com, providing MLB, NHL, and NFL coverage to various national media outlets, including ESPN Insider, USA Today, Yahoo Sports, and the Wall Street Journal. He also writes the annual Prospect Guide, which is sold through the site. Tim lives in Bradenton, where he provides live coverage all year of Spring Training, mini camp, instructs, the Bradenton Marauders, and the GCL Pirates.